Following a regional runner-up finish in the long jump, Ready High School senior Tenny Maker ended her prep career in the Division III state track and field meet May 31 at Ohio State.
Her hopes of reaching that level could have ended two weeks earlier, though, if the timing of an unexplained illness had been slightly different.
The day before she and her teammates were to compete in the final day of the district 2 meet May 18 at Watkins Memorial, Maker suffered an allergic reaction that kept her from competing in the 1,600-meter relay final.
Maker already had advanced to regional in the long jump after going 16 feet, 8 inches to win a district title May 16.
She later was cleared to compete in the regional May 24 at Fairfield Union and went 16-8 1/4 to qualify for state.
"Tenny had a severe allergic reaction at practice," coach Rachel Wayne said. "She had something mild like that happen in the cross country season. I'm just so excited that Tenny made it to state for her senior year."
At state, Maker jumped 15-0 on her first attempt, fouled on her second try and went 15-1 on her third to finish 18th.
She was leading the regional until Delaware Christian's Lyssi Snouffer cleared 17-5 on her final attempt.
"I'm really happy I was able to represent Bishop Ready (at state)," Maker said. "Although it didn't go as I expected, I'm so glad I was able to be here."
Maker was part of a six-member senior class for the girls team that included Derricka Bramwell, a two-time regional qualifier in the shot put, and Lauren Whitt, a three-time state qualifier in the 400.
At regional, Bramwell was ninth in the shot put (34-7 1/4) and junior Lindsey Bair was sixth in the 400 (1 minute, .79 seconds) and 16th in the long jump (14-11).
Brigitte Bowman (hurdles, middle distance), Emily O'Connell (distance) and Abbey Wasto (hurdles, middle distance) also contributed as seniors.
Other expected returnees are junior Alexa Siemer (sprints), sophomores Mercy Cala-Avila (sprints), Isabella Marsh (middle distance), Emma Pond (discus, shot put), Jenna Ruth (high jump) and Jenna Winslow (sprints) and freshmen Allison Bair (sprints), Sophia Bowman (sprints) and Addison Whitmer (middle distance).
"I'm thrilled with how the season went," Wayne said. "We had such a strong girls team this year and I'm happy with how much effort they put in and how they worked together. Lindsey obviously is a junior and we'll have Sophia Bowman, who is only a freshman and has been doing really well in the 100 and 200 this year. I'm really looking forward to seeing how Sophia progresses when she gets older. We are losing quite a few good girls this year, but I have some hope for some that are coming up the ranks."
Representing the boys team at regional was junior Oumar Dia, who placed 14th in the 300 hurdles (44.18) after finishing fourth (43.84) in district 2.
Other expected returnees are juniors Luke Bergman (middle distance), Jack Foley (sprints), Cameron Jones (distance) and Trevor Mullins (shot put) and freshmen Westen Avery (discus), Jsun Gardner (sprints), Tyler Hohla (discus), Angel Rivera (sprints), Erik Rodriguez (middle distance) and Ludy Talla (sprints).
"With the boys, (Dia made) it (to regional), and we'll have (Foley) coming back," Wayne said. "Angel Rivera is only a freshman and he's got a lot of potential in the 400. The same thing with Ludy Talla, who was also only a freshman this year. I'm excited to see how that goes."